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Banff National Park

Canada's first national park, spanning Spanning 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers.

Watch the sunset on a riverside stroll or feel the breath of glaciers in the alpine. Take your pick of over 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) of maintained trails. Many of the park’s most famous hikes are easily accessible from the Town of Banff and the village of Lake Louise.  

Banff National Park also incorporates historic sites such as Cave and Basin National Historic Site and Banff Park Museum National Historic Site of Canada.

Banff National Park Fast Facts

  • Established in 1885 as Canada’s first National Park (third in the world) and was the birth of Canada’s vast national parks system.
  • Banff is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The mountains are around 45 to 120 million years old.
  • The park encompasses Banff, the highest town in Canada at an elevation of 1,384 m (4,540 ft).
  • Banff is home to Alberta’s southernmost herd of the endangered woodland caribou.

For more information visit Banff National Park.

TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews
5.0 based on 502 reviews
“Perfect Place to Unplug”
Perfect Place to Unplug
November 19, 2019, by DominionHouse
Driving through the park is an amazing visual experience with everything from changing weather conditions, spectacular views and wildlife.
“World class!”
World class!
November 19, 2019, by avasmith55
The best national park I have ever visit, great hikes, awesome campgrounds, clean park, awesome views, animals everywhere even in Banff. I will definitely come back some day.
“Like no other place on earth”
Like no other place on earth
October 27, 2019, by John W
Banff has a reputation for tourism and the town of Banff is a bit or a tourist trap, but the National Park itself is beyond imagination. No matter what your taste, no matter which way you turn...